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| June 4, 2015

Service cuts in Ontario's austerity budget spark protest

Photo: Ella Bedard

Hundreds of public sector union members rallied outside the Ontario government buildings on Thursday to protest the provincial budget.

"This is about the kind of Ontario that we want," said OPSEU Executive Board Member Ibrahim Bozai, "We are anticipating serious cuts. We’re anticipating the government digging in their heels when it comes to investments in public services, and more privatization."

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Today, protests demand justice for Cindy Gladue. Follow them here.

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Today, there are demonstrations across Canada to express outrage at the verdict in the case of Cindy Gladue. For more information on joining the protest in your city, search Justice for Cindy Gladue on Facebook. You can follow the Twitter feed from the demonstrations across Canada here:

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Soundwalking the Bill C-51 protests

March 16, 2015
| Audio snapshots of three Bill C-51 protests in Toronto, Winnipeg and Barrie.
Length: 21:33 minutes (29.61 MB)
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March 16, 2015
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Find the C-51 protest in your community

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On March 14, which is this Saturday, people will gather together in communities across Canada for an emergency Day of Action to stop the government's "secret police" law Bill C-51. If you are not able to attend these protests, you can sign one of these OpenMedia campaign or Leadnow campaign or this one from Amnesty International.

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Protest continues: All the rabble news about Bill C-51

PHOTO: Graffiti - Meagan Perry

Keeping up with the Canada-wide protests of Bill C-51? You've come to the right place. Read on for your list of "must reads" on Bill C-51, petitions, and for a curated Twitter feed rounding up all the action from the protests on Saturday.

Bill C-51 will give CSIS new powers to disrupt activities that potentially "threaten the government", and give the government of Canada new powers of surveillance. Many see it as another step toward silencing all forms of dissent in Canada. This weekend, there are protests scheduled across Canada to display opposition to Bill C-51. Click here to see a full list of emerging protests from our friends at LeadNow.ca

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The limits and possibilities of dissent in an age of militarized policing

Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing

by Lesley J. Wood
(Between the Lines,
2014;
$26.96)

It's hard not to admire Lesley J. Wood. She is an associate professor of sociology at York University, an activist in the anti-poverty and global justice movements and a thoughtful writer.

For instance, instead of dismissing the sometimes brutal behaviours of enforcement officers during the G20 summit with an aggrieved insult or a rude gesture and letting it go at that, she put herself in their shoes, imagining herself "a police commander whose job and legitimacy depended on effectively maintaining the status quo." 

Why? Wood wanted to get beyond simplistic explanations that posit police as demons in order to build the capacity of movements and resist state repression and corporate domination.

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| February 4, 2015

Last three members of Cuban Five released

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Three members of the so-called Cuban Five, who have been imprisoned for 15 years on spying charges, have been released from prison in the United States.

Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino were released from a Florida jail Wednesday and flown back to their native Cuba. The two other members of the five, Fernando González and René González, were released in 2012.

Accused of espionage, the members of the Cuban Five maintained that they never spied on the United States government. They were were convicted of conspiracy and murder charges in 1998.

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